Officer Quickfire News Recap: First Week of October

Here are some of the news stories you may have missed that ran on our site during the week.


It can be hard to keep up with all of the news that occurs on daily basis.

Because of this, the Officer.com staff presents the "Quickfire Weekly Recap."

Here are some of the stories you may have missed that ran on our site this week:

Weekend (Sept. 27-29)

An East Baton Rouge Parish, La. Sheriff's deputy was killed in a cruiser crash Friday night.

Deputy Dustin Hamilton -- who was only 24 years old -- died on impact when his cruiser collided with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Personnel on a Naval base in Rhode Island were in mourning this weekend after a police detective died late Thursday night after being hit by a Navy vehicle earlier in the day.

Newport Naval Station Police Detective Frank J. Lema Sr. was struck by the vehicle around 1:30 p.m. and was transported Newport Hospital before being transferred to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where he was pronounced dead around 10:15 p.m.

An El Segundo, Calif. police officer pulled a woman from a burning car moments before it burst into flames Sunday night.

Officer Armando Rodriguez was the first to arrive at the scene of a crash and can be seen on dashcam video running toward the vehicle that had crashed into a pole.

A Kansas City police officer stopped a man from jumping off an overpass early Saturday morning, and the incident was also captured by a cruiser's dashcam.

Sgt. Steven Griswold can be seen grabbing the man who was about to leap off in an attempt to take his own life.

Monday (Sept. 30)

After months of recovery, a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy seriously wounded during a manhunt for a former LAPD officer who went on a rampage returned to work.

Deputy Alex Collins suffered severe injuries during the Feb. 12 shootout with Christopher Dorner, who fatally shot his partner, Jeremiah MacKay. A Riverside police officer and two other people were also slain during Dorner's killing spree.

The man accused in the death of a Hodgenville, Ky. police officer pleaded guilty to leading him on a fatal pursuit last year.

LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Sims III sentenced Jason Lee Avis to 15 years in prison in the Sept. 16, 2012 death of Officer Mark A. Taulbee.

A driver fled from Florida troopers during a traffic stop Orange County and dashcam video captured the Toyota Prius bursting into flames as it spun out of control.

James Maddux critically injured himself and seriously injured his passenger and the driver of another vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Police searching for a man accused in an office shooting rampage in Long Island found the body of the suspect in the Hudson River.

Nassau County police officials say 63-year-old Sang Ho Kim fatally shot one man dead and critically wounded another at Savenergy, a light fixture import firm in Garden City.

Tuesday (Oct. 1)

A Scofield police officer who was beaten to death while on duty in 1902 was given full honors by the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial.

A headstone was posted on the unmarked grave of Officer Thomas Nalley in the Scofield Cemetery. His original headstone, which previously crumbled, made no mention that he had died in the line of duty.

More than 32,000 people have applied to the federal compensation fund for people with illnesses that may be related to toxic dust following the Sept. 11 attacks as a key deadline approaches.

Congress authorized paying as much as $2.78 billion to those who were exposed to the tons of thick dust that fell on Manhattan when the World Trade Center collapsed.

A federal judge ordered the release on bond of a retired New Orleans police sergeant awaiting a new trial on charges stemming from deadly shootings following Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled that Arthur Kaufman is not charged with violent conduct in connection with gunfire at the Danziger Bridge, where officers shot and killed two unarmed people and wounded four others.

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